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BLOG: Chiarelli comments on staff changes

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

On Monday, the Oilers announced another shake-up to their hockey operations department. Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced Head Amateur Scout Stu MacGregor and Head Pro Scout Morey Gare have been relieved of their duties. Also, amateur scouts Brad Davis and Kent Hawley, pro scout Dave Semenko and Director of Coaching and Special Projects Billy Moores were relieved of their duties.

“These are difficult decisions,” Chiarelli told the media on Monday. “I’m someone who has been on the job for two months and we’re relieving some really good people and people who have been here for a long time. These decisions aren’t taken lightly. In my time here I’ve gotten to know these guys in question and they’re all good people. I wanted to lean out the staff a bit. I wanted to reposition some people in duties. These are hard decisions that we have to make, that I had to make. It was difficult. It was a tough weekend.”

Chiarelli answered a question of whether or not it was differences in philosophies. Chiarelli said it had more to do with the process of improving the Oilers as a whole.

“I think what it is is imparting a certain way of doing business, imparting a certain philosophy. It’s not really a reflection of them,” said Chiarelli. “At the end of the day, we have to get better at evaluating players and developing players. Unfortunately, some people have to lose their jobs. We all have different philosophies of how to develop players. There’s nothing really magical about it. We just have to get these things done and be successful at it. That’s one of the reasons I was brought in here.”

Chiarelli says there will be more shuffling of roles and responsibilities and he may add someone else to the department soon. However, more changes are not likely until after the draft this week.

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